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Aeonium decorum (Green Pinwheel)


Scientific Name

Aeonium decorum Webb ex Bolle

Common Names

Fairy Wings, Green Pinwheel


Sempervivum decorum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae 
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Aeonium


Aeonium decorum is a small succulent shrub with dark green to yellowish-green leaves arranged in rosettes on thick, ascending, or pendent branches. It grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. Rosettes are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Leaves are often reddish variegated along margins, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. In late spring or summer, inflorescences rise above the foliage, bearing small, star-shaped, whitish, often pinkish, or reddish flowers.

Aeonium decorum (Green Pinwheel)

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund


USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aeoniums do not like hot or dry weather. They may go dormant in summer and do not require any water, except in arid conditions. In extreme heat, their leaves will curl to prevent excessive water loss. Growing them in moist shade will keep them growing, but their true growth season is winter to spring when temperatures are cool (65 to 75 °F  / 18 to 24 °C) and damp. In the winter, water whenever the soil has dried out. Test by poking your finger down into the soil an inch or two. Too much moisture or allowing them to sit in wet soil will cause root rot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.

Propagate Aeoniums by stem cuttings, except for unbranched species that die after flowering and are propagated from seed. Take cuttings when the plant is actively growing, usually fall in USDA zones 9 through 11. Aeoniums go dormant in summer; cuttings taken while plants are dormant don't root. Each leaf rosette dies after it blooms. See more at How to Propagate Aeonium.


Native to the Canary Islands.

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